Tag: portraiture

Summer Season of Change

Summer feels like it is here…hot, hot and more hot days.  Tomatoes are nestling in the Topsy Turvey, herbs are abundant, jasmine is in full bloom.  Last year’s sunflowers are poking up towards the sun and spatterings of clouds.  The sun is scorching and I am desperately trying not to get a farmers tan to go along with my outdoor nurturing of new blossoms.

My babies- the human ones are nearing preschool and it will be a sad but welcomed time, for my studio calls and I am perpetually drained of energy for all else but nursery rhymes and the beckons of sticky mouths.  Their cherub faces will belong to other teachers, caregivers and their real Mommy and Daddy.  I have found a way, though, to keep them close to heart and home for myself to cherish, as they are subjects for my newest series.  They will always be my babies – too.

On other pages of my tot-filled brain is the note that I neglected to post pictures of the last ukulele bag I completed last summer.  Uggh.  That chapter closed months ago with my blogging pages and intellectual thought.  I forgive myself in between silent recitation of “Goodnight Moon” verses and Barney tunes.   I will post today the wave bag I finished and relinquished last summer.  A timely post for the upcoming season of sun, beaches and abundant scorn from Mother Nature.

I have a day planned to the fullest with errands and sunblock before I can retire to my brushes and oils for some air conditioning and reconditioning of my Barney brain.

Big Wave

Week of reflection

Well, it has been a couple of weeks since I last posted, so I must take a few minutes to type and update my blog on my time of rest and reflection.  The ukulele gig bags went to NAMM last week and I will begin a new one when delivered – probably this weekend sometime.  The 3 completed for the show seemed to be well received and hopefully will prove marketability.  I will post pictures of the show when they arrive.

My architectural abstract piece is still in the works, awaiting the architectural components to be incorporated within the next week or so.  I have found a  reference to use that will bring the composition to the desired emotive completion, as I chose to do this project upon moving back to where I grew up.  Unsure of whether my heart was here when moving, the landmarks here caused a wave of nostalgia and memories, peaceful and traumatic.  The energy is still here of my childhood and can not be ignored as long as I am here.  The work has slowed a bit, though, as my studio fan self-destructed last week, causing drying time in the immense Florida humidity to go very ssssllllllowly.

I have the perfect reference in hand for the next portrait piece, so brush will be put to canvas this next week for that project.  It took some searching to locate the photo, as it was shot a few years back.  I have wanted to utilize it further for some time, this being the opportunity I was waiting for.

I have composed during the week my next few projects.  My encaustic piece will resume as soon as the larger studio area is set up with the proper ventilation.  I am eager to arrange a more productive space for working several projects simultaneously without tripping over easel legs or puppy dog tails.  My little princess likes her mommy-and-me time, but needs a pillow to perch upon that is not underfoot.

My sunflowers are beginning to bud and grow substantial stalks to support their blooms.  I am hoping to see their golden faces within the next week, welcoming me home and into their garden space.  The mockingbirds will most certainly desecrate them immediately after opening, so I will watch diligently for the arrival of their blooms.   These birds have feasted on our tomatoes and are moving toward the blackberries, even under the watch of my rubber coral snakes.  They are not afraid of them – or me.  I do believe I narrowly escaped an attack while repositioning Jake the Snake today.  I will not turn my back on them again, as I have seen what they’ve done the the squirrels in the area.  Jake must have a mate, I have decided – but later, when the birds are resting and do not see us coming.

The Southern Atelier

Today I took a drive down to Sarasota to visit the Southern Atelier studios.  It was an inspirational visit, as I was really blown away by the art the students were producing under the instruction of the teachers there.  Very impressive, traditional style portraiture covered the walls, making it easy to see the studios success inevitable.  The owner and main instructor is from New York and very talented.  It most definitely will be worth the drive to pursue a workshop or classes in the future.

As far as my work is going – it is coming along slower than I had anticipated, but I am crawling out of the muck that had muddled my brain, sucking the inspiration out of me lately.  I have but a few short weeks to go on my quest to complete “Bob” and with some extra hours put in this weekend I will prevail.  This visit to Sarasota has inspired me to work.  I must stop making the mistake of feeling fatigue and allowing it to conquer my work schedule, which has vanished over these past few weeks.

I have a painting up for auction in October, benefiting breast cancer research – I will give details as soon as I get them in.  Until then – happy painting 🙂